1 April 2007
Studies on Methods for Testing Hazardous and Toxic Substances in Cosmetics Pass Appraisal
On 13 March, the research project, Studies on Methods for Testing Hazardous and Toxic Substances in Cosmetics, undertaken by the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine passed the appraisal by experts in Beijing. Experts unanimously agreed that the findings will provide important theoretical and technical support for the establishment of a system for the testing of substances banned or restricted in Chinese cosmetics and assure consumers that cosmetics are safe.
The project came up with a system for the testing of the 80-plus chemicals that are considered harmful to the body in the hygiene standards of cosmetics. The system can simultaneously identify 16 banned hormones, including glucocorticoids, estrogen and androgen, 24 types of restricted preservatives, 17 types of essence and spice, and nine types of banned tetracycline antibiotics. At the same time, it can also identify trichloromethane residues in toothpaste, dicoumarol, cyclocoumarol and dioxane residues in cosmetics and other banned substances. The testing methods not only fill a gap in the testing of these substances in China, but are also of international advanced standards.
Potentially hazardous chemicals in cosmetics are harmful to health. The production and sales of cosmetics have been on the rise as people's living and consumption standards steadily rise in recent years. Cosmetics sales in China grossed Rmb85 billion in 2004 alone.